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Jim Nadel – Artistic & Executive Director
photo of Jim NadelContact Jim for information on artist/faculty booking, philanthropic opportunities for individuals, including planned giving, and topics related to the Stanford Jazz Workshop Board of Directors.

Alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator Jim Nadel founded the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 1972. He continues to serve as the non-profit organization's artistic and executive director.

In addition to his work with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Nadel designed the jazz studies curriculum for Stanford University's academic jazz program and has served as a lecturer in the Stanford University Music Department since 1984. Nadel received a BA in Music from Stanford University and a MA in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. He is a former member of the IAJE and a current member of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians).

David Miller – Managing Director
Contact David for information about job openings at the SJW, questions regarding billing, accounts payable/receivable and other general issues.

Managing Director David Miller joined SJW in January 2009.  Formerly Director of Operations and Finance at SFJAZZ, David helped SFJAZZ grow to become the sixth largest performing arts organization in San Francisco and was responsible for  SFJAZZ’s administrative and financial management, as well as playing a central role in strategic planning and other organizational initiatives.  Prior to SFJAZZ, David served in similar roles for a number of Bay-Area based organizations, including an education consulting and publishing firm providing resources and professional development to elementary school teachers.  David attended jazz summer camps in High School, taught guitar and played in university jazz orchestras before graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Anthropology.

Ernie Rideout – Marketing Director
Contact Ernie for information on press inquiries, marketing, publications, and the SJW website.

The most recent addition to the SJW team, Ernie has an extensive background in communications development for the both music industry and nonprofit sector. He served as longtime Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Magazine, where he oversaw all aspects of the publication’s production and marketing, including print, social media, and more. A Peninsula local, he’s attended many SJF concerts over the years, and was himself a piano student in our Jazz Residency program several years ago. With a Master’s Degree in Music from UC Berkeley, years in the classroom as a jazz educator, and a deep love of jazz, Ernie brings a special insight to marketing both the festival and educational programming here at SJW.

Maggie Andrews – Development Director
Contact Maggie for information about development issues, including foundation grants, individual gifts and planned giving.

Maggie joined Stanford Jazz Workshop in August 2009, bringing five years of fundraising experience to the team.  Prior to SJW, Maggie lived in Boston, MA where she received her M.S. Arts Administration from Boston University and worked in Development for From the Top, the nation’s preeminent showcase for young classical musicians.  A singer as well as former pianist and French horn player, Maggie originally hails from Pennsylvania.

Janel Thysen - Registrar/Production Coordinator
Contact Janel for information about registration for our summer educational programs, scholarships and volunteer opportunities.

Janel joined Stanford Jazz Workshop in June of 2009. She has a background in public relations and a passion for working with organizations supporting the arts. Janel worked formerly with Schwartz Communications, Humboldt Artworks and the YMCA after receiving a BA in Journalism/PR from Humboldt State University. Janel was born and raised in Portola Valley. She grew up attending SJW’s summer festivals with her father and is a former classical pianist.

Patrick Wolff - Faculty Director
Artists who would like to be considered for a faculty position at this year’s Jazz Camp may contact Patrick.

Saxophonist, composer, and performer of jazz, west African, rock, and avant-garde music. Educator at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 8 years, and Faculty Director since 2008. Active member of the Metropolitan transit Authority's "Music Under New York" program, bringing live jazz to New York City subways and city functions several times a week. Received BA's in Music and Political Science at NYU.

Ivor Holloway - Education Program Coordinator
Contact Ivor for questions about Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency curriculum, under-18 eligibility for Jazz Residency, class placement issues and education outreach events.

Ivor Holloway’s participation in the Stanford Jazz Workshop began in 1992, when he first attended Jazz Camp as a saxophone student. Since then, Ivor has been involved with the Workshop in many ways: as a teacher, a performer, a chauffeur, an advertising copy writer, and now as the Education Program Coordinator. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised in the Bay Area, Ivor studied psychology and jazz performance at Princeton University and received his MA in music composition from Mills College. He lives in San Francisco and performs throughout the Bay Area.

Rob Kohler – Jazz Camp Combo Coordinator

A Montana native, Rob Kohler is a bassist who has performed jazz, classical, and pop music all over the world. His playing, composing, and producing skills have appeared on recordings by groups such as the Jared Burrows Trio, the Olem Alves Band, Three Form, This World, and the Platt/Kohler Trio. He has also toured and performed with such artists as Stefan Karlsson, Alice DiMicele, Madeline Eastman, John Stowell, Danny Gottlieb, Nancy King, Brian Bromberg, and Art Lande. Kohler has also been long active as a private tutor and school music teacher.

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